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Liberals promise card machines for parking

By johnboy - 1 June 2012 35

Zed and Alistair have had a thought bubble on getting credit cards (and presumably debit cards) and myway cards talking to parking machines.

“The days of trying to find enough change for parking could soon be over,” Mr Seselja said today.

“Today’s announcement will make the journey to work more convenient than it is now, and would bring the ACT into line with the many other local councils across Australia that already have credit card parking machines.

“The existing coin operated machines would remain to give people choice, and the technology could be adapted to accept other payment methods such as MyWay cards.”

Mr Coe said 20 of the new machines would initially be rolled out at a capital cost of $210,000.

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RB78 8:51 pm 03 Jun 12

Sir Pompously said :

I know the current Labor Government is looking at MyWay enabled machines, and have touted future use of MyWay for pay parking since its inception. It is a good idea but I don’t think this, ahhhh, “policy” will help Zed (It is quite a lame attempt at making something not that exciting into something exciting).

Yes, I recall reading this sometime last year. Would be a good move.

Did get a chuckle out of Coe tweeting that mean old Labor were pinching his policies again.

roymallard 8:44 pm 03 Jun 12

Everyone,

Interesting announcement today by a local ACT company re SMS parking http://www.mhitslimited.com/smart-parking-initiatives-welcomed

buzz819 12:28 pm 03 Jun 12

Vindalu said :

Instead of spending $210 000 on machines why not employ 4 people for a year to sell parking tickets, but then again employment is not a high liberal priority.

Yes very good… Liberals want to waste money instead of hiring people, ohh wait…

http://the-riotact.com/duelling-card-reading-parking-machines/74292

Right here it shows that Labour want’s to spend $90,000 more on the same project.

Vindalu 11:35 am 03 Jun 12

Instead of spending $210 000 on machines why not employ 4 people for a year to sell parking tickets, but then again employment is not a high liberal priority.

thatsnotme 7:41 pm 02 Jun 12

So where would they put them? Government owned surface parking is being sold as quickly as they can find a buyer.

I wouldn’t just assume that debit cards will be accepted though. I know that at the privately owned car park I use if I drive, they accept credit cards, but when I tried to use a Visa Debit card, it wasn’t accepted. My assumption was that the machines didn’t do any type of real time ‘are funds available?’ transactions, and that the agreements that the credit card companies have in place were enough to safeguard against someone paying for parking when they didn’t have the cash.

Morgan 4:00 pm 02 Jun 12

Visa produces prepaid cards, as well as Debit and Credit cards. This would be so much easier, think how much easier having this technology for tourists. Also consider how the banks and others would then vie to install the machines for branding purposes.

youami 12:48 pm 02 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

Far out brussel sprout! That would get my vote….I hate having to hoard coins. Just this morning I had to park, go and buy something to get change, hoof back to the car park and finally come in to work. Not that there will be any car parks for us to park in after the Gov has sold them all. I park in the one near the police station in City West and have noted that there has been glass all over the ground near the ticket machine for weeks, which proves they are not serviced at all….not sure quite what the $11 a day pays for?

That carpark you mention is privately-owned. It is not ACT Govt but Wilsons I believe.

buzz819 12:15 pm 02 Jun 12

buzz819 said :

urchin said :

astrojax said :

urchin said :

seriously? $10,500 per machine? that doesn’t seem excessive to anyone?

no, how much does a plasma teev cost? a photocopier? a coffee machine? several gees for a machine that needs to withstand weather and, hopefully, vandals, seems ok. rekkun you could knock something up more cheaply?

i wasn’t being very clear… i understand that the machine may well cost that much to make given–as you say–the need to be weatherproof/vandal proof etc. but is the benefit of being able to use a credit really worth $10,500 per machine? it might be less worse than the current system, but are there really no better ways to spend the money?

I have no idea what I did there… Sorry I wrote this bit;

Yeah, let’s stay in the dark ages.

I hate change, I never carry it, the sooner we are able to pay for parking without it the better.

buzz819 11:59 am 02 Jun 12

urchin said :

astrojax said :

urchin said :

seriously? $10,500 per machine? that doesn’t seem excessive to anyone?

no, how much does a plasma teev cost? a photocopier? a coffee machine? several gees for a machine that needs to withstand weather and, hopefully, vandals, seems ok. rekkun you could knock something up more cheaply?

Yeah, let’s stay in the dark ages.

I hate change, I never carry it, the sooner we are able to pay for parking without it the better.

i wasn’t being very clear… i understand that the machine may well cost that much to make given–as you say–the need to be weatherproof/vandal proof etc. but is the benefit of being able to use a credit really worth $10,500 per machine? it might be less worse than the current system, but are there really no better ways to spend the money?

urchin 11:26 am 02 Jun 12

astrojax said :

urchin said :

seriously? $10,500 per machine? that doesn’t seem excessive to anyone?

no, how much does a plasma teev cost? a photocopier? a coffee machine? several gees for a machine that needs to withstand weather and, hopefully, vandals, seems ok. rekkun you could knock something up more cheaply?

i wasn’t being very clear… i understand that the machine may well cost that much to make given–as you say–the need to be weatherproof/vandal proof etc. but is the benefit of being able to use a credit really worth $10,500 per machine? it might be less worse than the current system, but are there really no better ways to spend the money?

blub 11:13 am 02 Jun 12

Sir Pompously said :

To top it all off, your License should also be your MyWay card. No point in having two cards when you can just have one!

Wasn’t there a similar concept a few years back, the Australia card?

buzz819 9:20 am 02 Jun 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Great, they expect everyone to get a credit card now!!

Well you use the internet and credit cards have been around a helluva lot longer then it, a visa debit is free, move with the times.

wildturkeycanoe 8:05 am 02 Jun 12

Great, they expect everyone to get a credit card now!!

dpm 7:53 am 02 Jun 12

urchin said :

seriously? $10,500 per machine? that doesn’t seem excessive to anyone?

I think they’d actually be worth more than that, before installation!

Besides, didn’t Labor do one better just after this announcment yesterday, when they replied to say they’d be spending $300k on a *study* to investigate new machines….? Hahaha!

buzz819 7:28 am 02 Jun 12

urchin said :

seriously? $10,500 per machine? that doesn’t seem excessive to anyone?

Not really, you think about what has to go into each machine, it has to be tamper proof, it has to have some kind of network capability, as well as being able to take change and notes, they have to be made harder to hack, then the metal that goes into them, install time etc.

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